Navigation Links
Supportive role models, coping lead to better health in poor teens
Date:12/19/2012

Low-income teenagers who have supportive role models and engage in adaptive strategies have lower levels of a marker for cardiovascular risk than low-income teens without such resources, according to a new study.

The study, by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of British Columbia, is published in the journal Child Development.

"Low socioeconomic status is one of the strongest determinants of chronic disease in developed countries," notes Edith Chen, professor of psychology and faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, who led the study. "This study suggests that teaching low-income youths strategies to reframe stressful events more positively and view the future optimistically, known as shift-and-persist strategies, and encouraging them to connect with supportive role models may help reduce the physiological burden of growing up in poor neighborhoods."

The study looked at 163 healthy Canadian teens ages 13 to 16 from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Researchers asked the youths about their role models, had them complete questionnaires about their coping strategies and their thoughts about the future, and drew blood to assess inflammatory markers that predict cardiovascular risk.

Adolescents from low-income families who had supportive role models had lower levels of the inflammatory marker interleukin-6 than those who didn't have such models in their lives. Low-income teens who engaged in shift-and-persist coping strategies also showed lower levels of interleukin-6. These patterns were not seen in youths from high-income families or in youths from low-income families who didn't have these resources.

"This suggests that supportive role models promote shift-and-persist strategies and have physiological benefits specifically in low-income youth," according to Chen.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sarah Mancoll
smancoll@srcd.org
202-289-7905
Society for Research in Child Development
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. International breast health global summit will focus on supportive care and quality of life
2. Supportive Spouse May Extend Cancer Survival
3. Churchview Supportive Living to Host Music Therapy Informational Program
4. Options Increasing for Coping With Kids Food Allergies
5. Coping skills, marital satisfaction help pregnant moms manage stress when fetus has heart defect
6. A better tool to diagnose tuberculosis
7. Job injuries among youth prompt calls for better safety standards
8. Students focus on creating a better cervical collar
9. Out-of-hand tree nut consumption associated with better diet quality in children and adults
10. Kidney cancer patients do better when whole kidney is not removed, U-M study shows
11. Kidney Cancer Patients Fare Better With Tumor Removal Only
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/30/2016)... ... May 30, 2016 , ... As the CDC relaxes ... children and their efforts to keep their households lice free. , According to ... enacting new policies that keep kids in the classroom despite the fact that they ...
(Date:5/30/2016)... ... May 30, 2016 , ... ... of FCPX," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ... Final Cut Pro X. Choose from abstract transitions to more simple wipes with ...
(Date:5/30/2016)... ... May 30, 2016 , ... ... announced today the publication of an original infographic, " Health Benefits Reimbursement Compliance ... professionals understand how Zane Benefits complies with various federal regulations and reforms. , ...
(Date:5/30/2016)... ... May 30, 2016 , ... Shaolin Institute officially starts the ... special intensive summer training camp starts on June 17th on Shaolin Institute Atlanta ... children a fun and unique experience with an opportunity to learn KungFu martial ...
(Date:5/30/2016)... ... May 30, 2016 , ... Another ER facility operated by First Choice ... Legacy Drive, Plano, TX and is open 24 hours daily. , First Choice Emergency ... medical open house. The Jasper High School band entertained attendees and accepted First Choice ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/30/2016)... , May 30, 2016 Eye ... parents of premature babies to seek an eye examination ... blinding condition     Moorfields Eye Hospital ... in London , has identified premature babies as ... problems, because of their particular vulnerability to retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). ...
(Date:5/27/2016)...  A new study highlights the necessity of health literacy within the technology advancement ... College of Radiology , a majority of oncology patients undergo imaging screenings without understanding ... ... ... Medical Diagnostic Imaging Ampronix ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... Israel , May 27, 2016 ... of the Dario™ Diabetes Management Tool, today announced that the ... at the Marcum MicroCap Conference being held June 1-2 in ... Micro Invitational, being held June 7-9 in Los ... Ben-David will discuss recent corporate and operational milestones, including the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: